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Windows 7: Restore HP Laptop to factory settings?


03 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Restore HP Laptop to factory settings?

I have a HP Pavillion g4.

Long ago, I used Disk Management to split my C Drive into two, but now I've joined them back together.

The recovery info is saved in the D drive, labelled "Recovery".






I think because of my meddling, HP's full system recovery has been disabled.






I tried to use Disk Management to set the D drive as the active partition, but that option does not exist!






When I use F11 (System Recovery) on startup, it says:



(Status: 0xc0000225)


I desperately need to restore my laptop to factory conditions, what should I do?

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03 May 2013   #2

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information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Country-Language Selector | HP® Support
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03 May 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

The problem is that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's. Apparently you didn't see the warning message when adding a fifth partition. The best way to do this while keeping HP Recovery and OEM Tools bootable is to convert C to Logical and then add as many adjacent Logical partitions as you want.

You need to convert HD back to Basic for it to continue booting. The solution to solve this non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn. Boot CD by pressing HP ESC key at boot.

Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

If Windows 7 will not start and you confirm it's been converted successfully, then confirm that the 199mb System partition is Set Active partition - Partition Wizard Video Help, then rebuild MBR using Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR - Video Help. If it still wont' start, boot DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

After conversion you can try again running HP System Recovery from boot, mark Recovery partition Active to reboot into Recovery, order your Recovery Disks, or since HP has the worst load of corrupting bloatware in the industry do what most tech enthusiasts do and Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. In fact you can do that now deleting all partitions during the booted Clean Install Windows 7 as shown in Step 7/8.
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03 May 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The problem is that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's. Apparently you didn't see the warning message when adding a fifth partition. The best way to do this while keeping HP Recovery and OEM Tools bootable is to convert C to Logical and then add as many adjacent Logical partitions as you want.

You need to convert HD back to Basic for it to continue booting. The solution to solve this non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn. Boot CD by pressing HP ESC key at boot.

Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

If Windows 7 will not start and you confirm it's been converted successfully, then confirm that the 199mb System partition is Set Active partition - Partition Wizard Video Help, then rebuild MBR using Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR - Video Help. If it still wont' start, boot DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

After conversion you can try again running HP System Recovery from boot, mark Recovery partition Active to reboot into Recovery, order your Recovery Disks, or since HP has the worst load of corrupting bloatware in the industry do what most tech enthusiasts do and Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. In fact you can do that now deleting all partitions during the booted Clean Install Windows 7 as shown in Step 7/8.

Is it alright if I ignore most of the above steps and just follow the instructions in this link?

Clean Install Windows 7


And it'll be like having a brand new laptop?
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03 May 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, but you'll need to convert the HD to Basic first which can be done by booting the Windows 7 installer, press Shift + F10 at first screen to open a Command line, then run Diskpart Clean Command.

Then close the command box, click Install Now to Clean Install Windows 7

But first read over thoroughly Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 . As long as you stick with the steps given you'll get and keep a perfect install.

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03 May 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by luckyrick View Post
Is it alright if I ignore most of the above steps and just follow the instructions in this link?

Clean Install Windows 7


And it'll be like having a brand new laptop?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, those illustrated steps will show you how to do a Custom install deleting all partitions during Steps 7 and 8.

But first read over thoroughly Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 . As long as you stick with the steps given you'll get and keep a perfect install.

Shouldn't Luckyrick first convert dynamic disk back to basic?
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03 May 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Good catch, Kari. I edited my steps just above.
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03 May 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You need to convert HD back to Basic for it to continue booting. The solution to solve this non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn. Boot CD by pressing HP ESC key at boot.

Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, but you'll need to convert the HD to Basic first which can be done by booting the Windows 7 installer, press Shift + F10 at first screen to open a Command line, then run Diskpart Clean Command.
So I can use either of these two methods?


Sorry, I'm extremely noob and I wanna get everything precisely right the first time round. I could end up with all the problems in this section.
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03 May 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

I gave you the exact steps for converting the disk back to Basic non-destructively in my first post, as shown in Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk Option 1.

But you replied that you would rather do the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which requires first wiping the HD with Diskpart Clean Command. If you choose this you must back up your files first as it wipes out everything for reinstall.

Ask back if you have any specific querstions after studying the tutorials.
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04 May 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If I convert the disk back to basic, will HP's System Recovery be re-enabled? As seen in the 2nd image, the one with Rage guy.
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